Due to increasing Sleep-Related Infant Deaths, SIDS, around the world, pediatricians has informed that parents can reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome by keeping their baby’s crib in the same room, close to their bed.
According to a guideline issued by the American Academy of Pediatrics, AAP on Monday, October 24, Infants should sleep in the same bedroom as their parents – but on a separate surface, such as a crib or bassinet, and never on a couch, armchair or soft surface.
Sleep-Related Infant Deaths has reportedly claimed the lives of approximately 3,500 infants every year in the United States alone, not to mention data from other countries of the world. The AAP recommendation is listed as shown below:
- Parents should place infants under a year old on his/her back on a firm sleep surface such as a crib or bassinet with a tight-fitting sheet.
- Avoid use of soft bedding, including crib bumpers, blankets, pillows and soft toys. The crib should be bare. This is because soft mattresses “could create a pocket … and increase the chance of rebreathing or suffocation if the infant is placed in or rolls over to the prone position.”
- Share a bedroom with parents, but not the same sleeping surface, preferably until the baby turns 1 but at least for the first six months. Room-sharing decreases the risk of SIDS by as much as 50 percent.
- Avoid baby’s exposure to smoke, alcohol and illicit drugs.
- Breastfeeding is also recommended as adding protection against SIDS.
- Offer a pacifier at nap time and bedtime.
- Do not use home monitors or commercial devices, including wedges or positioners, marketed to reduce the risk of SIDS.
- Infants should receive all recommended vaccinations.
- Supervised, awake tummy time is recommended daily to facilitate development.
One of the authors of the report, Lori Feldman-Winter said;
“If you are feeding your baby and think that there’s even the slightest possibility that you may fall asleep, feed your baby on your bed, rather than a sofa or cushioned chair.
“If you do fall asleep, as soon as you wake up be sure to move the baby to his or her own bed.”
Feldman advised there should be no pillows, sheets, blankets or other items that could obstruct the infant’s breathing or cause overheating. It is also reported that babies are at heightened risk for Sleep-Related Infant Deaths between the ages 1 and 4 months.